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More Mackerel and Herring, Less Blue Whiting in North Atlantic

Mackerel were not found in Greenland, there was a reduction in Icelandic waters, but there was an increase in the central and northern Norwegian Sea, according to the annual survey carried out by those countries, by Denmark and the Faroe Islands of pelagic stocks in the North Atlantic. Overall, it reports more mackerel and herring and less blue whiting.

‘Protect Fish’ Message Delivered to EU Commissioner

The English organisation, Funding Fish, registered as a charity, has been supported by 300 scientific staff in European universities in a campaign message “Our Fish” delivered to EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, in Brussels this week. Scientists from GMIT, NUI Galway, UCD, Trinity College, UCC and Queen’s in Belfast are among the signatories to the statement which calls for an end to overfishing in European waters “as an urgent and necessary response to the biodiversity and climate crises”. It urges the EU to set fishing limits within scientific advice and recognise that “ecosystem-based fisheries management is critical to the health of the ocean and its capacity to respond to climate change”.

Urgent Norwegian Government Meeting Over Fish Farming Escapes

Norway’s Fisheries and Seafood Minister is to hold an “urgent industry meeting with fish farming companies to discuss “the rising number of salmon escapes over the past few months.” He has suggested that fish farming companies are “not doing enough to tackle the problem”. He said that “Escaped farmed salmon are a threat to wild salmon and it affects not just our credibility as a seafood nation but also the reputation of the aquaculture industry. No one benefits from this. The vision is and will be zero escaped salmon.”

New Marine Research Centre in Yorkshire

The Holderness Fishing Industry Group (HFIG) has opened a marine research centre with a community laboratory and research hatchery in Bridlington, Yorkshire, UK, to conduct vital research on fishing grounds in the North Sea. This laboratory has digital microscopy equipment, a continual supply of filtered seawater, and larval rearing equipment allowing the scientists to investigate early life stages of lobster and crab that would not be possible in the open sea. Important research will be undertaken on the habitat of native marine species.

• Read more about all of these stories in the International News section of the MARINE TIMES September edition in the shops now and also online.